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February 24, 2022
Israel Condemns Russia's Attack on Ukraine - Itamar Eichner (Ynet News)
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday called Russia's invasion of Ukraine a "severe violation of international order."
"The Russian attack all across Ukraine is a serious violation and Israel condemns it. Israel has known conflicts and war is not the way to resolve them. One can still stop and settle the disputes."
He added that Israel "has good relations with both Russia and Ukraine."
See also below Commentary: Impact of the Ukraine Crisis on Israel - Col. (res.) Eldad Shavit, Brig.-Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel, and Dr. Anat Kurz (Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University)
See also below Observations: The Ukrainians Are Learning a Lesson that Israel Has Already Learned - Dr. Dan Schueftan (Israel Hayom)
Report: Israeli Commandos Attacked Hizbullah Depots in Lebanon (Naharnet-Lebanon)
"Over the past months, Israeli elite forces conducted operations in various areas of Lebanon and entered into Hizbullah posts," the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai has quoted U.S. diplomatic sources as saying.
The Israeli commandos managed to "destroy secret facilities inside these posts and to seize important information related to Hizbullah's arms program."
IDF Warns Syrians: "Those Who Cooperate with Hizbullah Are Targets" - Emanuel Fabian (Times of Israel)
The Israel Defense Forces reportedly dropped flyers in southern Syria on Wednesday, hours after reportedly conducting missile strikes on an observation post and a "finance building" near Quneitra.
The flyers said in Arabic: "To the leaders and members of the Syrian army, we have warned you and continue to warn you, we will not stop as long as your cooperation with Hizbullah continues....Those who cooperate with Hizbullah...are targets."
Hizbullah's Entrenchment in Southern Syria - Yaakov Lappin (JNS)
The Alma Research and Education Center published a report on a video of a Hizbullah operative who describes the activities of the group's Golan File Unit, which attempts to recruit operatives in southern Syria to spy on Israel and prepare cross-border attacks.
Tal Beeri, head of Alma's Research Department, said, "We have exposed 30 such sites where Golan File cells are active....These cells can launch an attack at any time. They are planning attacks around the clock."
"The quiet in this area is deceptive. Under the surface, constant activity is taking place. This is a region that can go from zero to 100 in a second."
Israel Accuses Iran of Providing Precision Munitions for Drones Supplied to Venezuela (Reuters)
Briefing U.S. Jewish leaders in Jerusalem, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday showed photographs of an Iranian Mohajer UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in Venezuela.
"Our assessments show that Iranian PGMs (precision-guided munitions) are being delivered for these UAVs and other similar models," Gantz said.
Iran Returns Donated Vaccines Because They Were Made in U.S. (AP-Washington Post)
Iran has returned 820,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines donated by Poland because they were manufactured in the U.S., Iranian state TV reported Monday.
Lebanon Foils Three Suicide Attacks by Islamic State Affiliate (Middle East Online-UK)
Lebanese security forces have foiled plans by militants linked to Islamic State to carry out three suicide attacks in Beirut's southern suburbs, Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi said Wednesday.
The plans for the attacks involved rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire as well as suicide vests rigged with explosives. Explosives, weapons and munitions were seized.
Israeli Aid Experts Reach Typhoon-Hit Philippines - Abigail Klein Leichman (Israel21c)
Two months after December's Typhoon Odette affected the lives of more than 10 million Filipinos, IsraAID team members were able to enter the country to bring urgent aid to communities in need.
Molly Bernstein, IsraAID's Head of Mission in the Philippines, said, "After typhoons, seawater infiltrates wells and other water sources and causes the water to become undrinkable."
"Our teams brought a cutting-edge Israeli solution to the field to make safe water from the salinated water."
The Otterpack portable water purification system can supply up to 120 liters of pure drinking water per hour, powered by a standard rechargeable battery or operated manually.
Arab Rulers and Spy Chiefs Stashed Millions in Swiss Bank - Ben Hubbard (New York Times)
The king and queen of Jordan had secret Swiss bank accounts worth hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a major data leak from Credit Suisse, one of Switzerland's largest banks. So did the sons of Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.
Other accounts were linked to spy chiefs from Egypt, Jordan and Yemen. Most of the account holders named in the leak are either out of power or dead.
The Resurgence of the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria, and Africa - Jacques Neriah (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
Deadly events unfolding in Africa, as well as in Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria, and as far away as Afghanistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines, illustrate the recovery of the Islamic State (IS), that had been defeated by an international coalition in July 2017.
Half of all IS operations in 2021 were carried out in Iraq and Syria, which remain the basis for IS strategy.
Moreover, IS has managed to conquer new territories, mainly in Africa
Israel Appoints First Muslim Supreme Court Justice - Tova Zimuky (Ynet News-Ha'aretz)
Khaled Kabuv, 63, was appointed on Monday as Israel's first Muslim Supreme Court Justice.
There have been Israeli Arabs on the Supreme Court since 2003 with the appointment of Maronite Christian Justice Salim Joubran, followed by Arab Christian Justice George Karra.
Arab Woman Appointed Israeli Consul General in Shanghai (Times of Israel)
Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, a Knesset member from the Meretz party, was appointed Israel's Consul General in Shanghai, China, on Tuesday, the first Arab woman to head an Israeli diplomatic mission.
Zoabi, 49, is an activist for Arab Israeli rights and a businesswoman who served as executive director of the Injaz Center for Professional Arab Local Governance.
Royal Air Maroc to Launch New Casablanca-Tel Aviv Route - Khaled Majdoub (Anadolu-Turkey)
Morocco's national carrier will launch a direct air route between Casablanca and Tel Aviv on March 13 with four flights weekly, Royal Air Maroc said Monday.
UAE Invests in Drones, Robots as Unmanned Warfare Takes Off - Mohamad Ali Harissi (AFP)
The United Arab Emirates is ploughing money into drones, robots and other unmanned weaponry as autonomous warfare becomes more widespread - including in attacks on the Gulf country by Yemen's Houthi rebels.
EDGE, the UAE's arms consortium, was formed three years ago and reached $4.8 billion in arms sales in 2020 - nearly all of them to the UAE government.
In December, the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the Houthis said the insurgents had fired more than 850 attack drones and 400 ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia in the past seven years, killing 59 civilians.
EDGE has signed multiple deals with foreign partners, including U.S. firms Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.
The establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel in 2020 has opened up new opportunities.
Israeli Study Shows Oxygen Therapy Can Dramatically Reduce PTSD Symptoms - Nathan Jeffay (Times of Israel)
Oxygen therapy can dramatically reduce post-traumatic stress disorder, according to an Israeli study on Israel Defense Forces veterans.
Half the subjects made such good progress they were no longer deemed to have PTSD.
In the Tel Aviv University research, 18 IDF veterans with post-trauma had 60 sessions in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, according to a study published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed journal PlosOne.
"Today we understand that treatment-resistant PTSD is caused by a biological wound in brain tissues," said Prof. Shai Efrati.
Oxygen therapy "induces reactivation and proliferation of stem cells, as well as generation of new blood vessels and increased brain activity, ultimately restoring the functionality of the wounded tissues."
Efrati directs the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research at the Shamir Medical Center.
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